Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Ethiopian citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Ethiopia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

Applications for residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi

For information on how to apply for a residence permit, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.

Representation agreements:

  • Sweden represents Norway in Ethiopia, which means that applications for Schengen visas to Norway are handled by the Embassy of Sweden. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa.

    Inquiries about Schengen visas should be addressed to the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi by email ( or phone +254 (0) 709-964060. 

COVID-19: Entry measures when travelling to Norway

The entry restrictions introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted. All foreigners who have the right to entry according to the rules of the Immigration Act can travel to Norway now. 

For more information, please visit:

Covid- 19 and services for applicants 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been somewhat affected. 

Please note the following:
VFS Global: VFS' Application Centers in Addis Ababa is open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out in Addis Ababa. We will contact applicants in cases where an interview is to be conducted. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact us to make an appointment.   

DNA-tests: DNA-samples may be collected at our mission in Addis Ababa upon appointment. Our missions will contact applicants in cases where DNA-samples are to be collected. It is therefore not necessary for applicants to contact the mission to make an appointment.